Messi scores, but Inter Miami’s unbeaten streak ends

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Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10) runs with the ball as Atlanta United midfielder Dax McCarty, left, and midfielder Tristan Muyumba, right, defend during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, May 30, (AP): Lionel Messi scored again. It was the lone real highlight for Inter Miami, as its 10-match Major League Soccer winning streak was ended by an Atlanta United side that got its first league win in nearly two months.
Saba Lobjanidze scored once in each half, Jamal Thiaré helped put the game away with a goal in the 73rd minute and Atlanta United snapped a nine-match MLS winless streak with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Atlanta United was 0-5-4 in MLS play since beating Chicago 3-0 on March 31. But it never trailed on Wednesday, with Lobjanidze scoring late in the first half to put his side on top and adding the second in the 59th minute. After Messi’s score, Atlanta United kept all 10 field players in the defensive end whenever the hosts had deep possession in the final 30 minutes.

Messi got his 11th goal of the MLS season, tying Luis Suarez for the team lead. Inter Miami (10-3-4, 34 points) kept a one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference and the overall MLS standings over Cincinnati (10-3-3, 33 points). Cincinnati lost to Nashville on Wednesday night, missing a chance to take the top spot.

Inter Miami entered Wednesday with a 7-0-3 mark in its last 10 MLS matches. It is now 10-0-4 when allowing two goals or less in MLS play this season – and 0-3-0 when surrendering three goals or more.
So, Wednesday was a dud. However, the first half of the season has gone largely to plan.
With 34 points through exactly half the MLS schedule – matching its total from all of the 2023 season, when Messi joined around the midway point and helped the team win the Leagues Cup but couldn’t get it into the playoffs – Inter Miami is on pace for 68 points this season.
Mathematically, yes, that’s correct.
Realistically, well, probably not so much.

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